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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Herbes de Provence

These succulent chicken breasts are prepared using a technique called pan roasting. First, the pieces are quickly seared in an ovenproof pan on the stovetop, which creates a flavorful caramelized exterior. Then the pan is transferred to a hot oven to finish cooking the chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves, with wings attached, about 3 lb. total
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 to 3 tsp. herbes de Provence

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 400ºF.

Rub the chicken with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Season the chicken generously on both sides with salt and pepper, then rub on both sides with the herbes de Provence.

In an ovenproof pan roaster or a sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Working in batches, place the chicken, skin side down, in the pan and sear until browned and crisp, about 6 minutes per batch. Return all the chicken, skin side up, to the pan and transfer to the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a breast, away from the bone, registers 160ºF, 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Leave the chicken breasts whole or cut into slices, if desired. Drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.